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On this date: Mike McCormack joins Seahawks

Mike McCormack

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on March 11:

1982: Mike McCormack, a Hall of Fame offensive lineman during his career with the Browns and former coach of the Eagles and Colts, is named director of football operations. He would step in as interim coach for the final seven games of the strike-shortened 1982 season after Jack Patera was fired. McCormack became the Seahawks’ president and general manager from 1983-88.


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On this date: Matt Hasselbeck signed to long-term contract

Matt Hasselbeck

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Feb. 22:

1989: Tom Flores is named president and general manager to replace Mike McCormack. Flores became head coach in 1992, replacing Chuck Knox.

2002: Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Sinclair is released. Sinclair leaves after producing 73½ career sacks, including a league-leading 16½ in 1998, to rank second in franchise history to Jacob Green (116).

2005: Matt Hasselbeck is signed to a multi-year contract and Shaun Alexander is given the franchise tag. Both would be instrumental in the Seahawks’ run to the Super Bowl that season, as Alexander scored a then-league record 28 touchdowns and led the NFL in rushing while being voted league MVP and Hasselbeck passed for 3,459 yards and 24 touchdowns while compiling a career-best 98.2 passer rating.


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On this date: Jack Patera named first coach

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 3:

Jack Patera

1976: Jack Patera, who had been the defensive line coach for the Vikings, is named the first head coach in franchise history. Patera would guide the Seahawks to their first winning season (9-7 in 1978) and finish with a 35-59 record before being fired during the players’ strike in 1982.

1983: Mike McCormack is named president/general manager. The Hall of Fame offensive lineman for the Browns had been the Seahawks’ director of football operations since March of 1982, and also stepped in as interim coach during that strike-shortened season after Jack Patera was fired.

1988: Tony Zendejas kicks a 42-yard field goal eight minutes into overtime to give the Oilers a 23-20 victory over the Seahawks in a wild-card playoff game at the Astrodome. Steve Largent catches a 12-yard TD pass from Dave Krieg with 26 seconds left in regulation to tie the score. Largent has seven catches for 132 yards and two TDs. The drive to Zendejas’ game-winner includes a tip of a Warren Moon pass by Jeff Bryant that players involved in the game still say was intercepted, but the officials do not agree.

2009: The Titans’ Chris Johnson runs for 132 yards to eclipse the 2,000-yard rushing barrier for the season and also scores on a 1-yard run late in the fourth quarter as Tennessee defeats the Seahawks 17-13 in their season finale in Seattle.


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On this date: Running Watters ends KC drought

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 21:

Ricky Watters

Ricky Watters

1976: Sherman Smith scores on a pair of 1-yard runs and Steve Largent catches six passes for 101 yards and a TD, but it’s not enough as the expansion Seahawks fall to the Saints 51-27 at the Kingdome.

1982: In their first game after the eight-week NFL players’ strike, and with Mike McCormack taking over as interim coach for Jack Patera, Steve Largent catches a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jim Zorn with 49 seconds left in a 17-10 victory over the Broncos in Denver.

1999: Ricky Watters scores three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving, as he compiles 174 combined yards in a 31-19 victory in Kansas City, where the Seahawks had lost their previous eight games against the Chiefs.

2004: Michael Boulware intercepts a pass and returns it 63 yards for the touchdown with 56 seconds to play in a 24-17 victory over the Dolphins in Seattle. Trent Dilfer also throws a 21-yard TD pass to Jerry Rice.

2010: Matt Hasselbeck passes for 366 yards, with Mike Williams catching six passes for 109 yards, and David Hawthorne has 12 tackles and an interception. But the defending Super Bowl champion Saints prevail 34-19 in New Orleans. The game is a prelude to the team’s rematch in a wild-card playoff game in Seattle that season.


On this date: Happy birthday, Doug

A look at some memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Sept. 21:

1982 – The 57-day players’ strike begins, cancelling eight games. The club also fires coach Jack Patera during the strike. He is replaced on an interim basis by director of football operations Mike McCormack, who leads the team to a 4-3 record after the strike is settled.

1988 – Doug Baldwin is born in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Baldwin would join the Seahawks as a rookie free agent in 2011 and lead them in receptions (51), receiving yards (788) and touchdown catches (four) – making him the first rookie free agent to lead his team in catches and yards since the Oilers’ Bill Groman in 1960.


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On this date: McCormack hired

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on March 11:

1982: Mike McCormack, a Hall of Fame lineman during his career with the Browns and former coach of the Eagles and Colts, is named director of football operations. He would step in as interim coach in the strike-shortened season after Jack Patera was fired.


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Tez has August date in Canton, but not Seahawks

Cortez Kennedy will be in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 5 for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. But his former team will not.

The NFL announced today that the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals will play in the game that kicks off the league’s preseason schedule.

Kennedy, an eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end during his 11-season career with the Seahawks, was voted into the Hall of Fame this month as part of the Class of 2012. Kennedy also has ties to the Saints, having scouted for them and also worked with their defensive lineman after he left the Seahawks following the 2000 season.

Kennedy and the rest of the Class of 2012 – Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Curtis Martin and longtime Saints tackle Willie Roaf – will be formally enshrined into the Hall during ceremonies at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 4.

The Hall of Fame will follow on Sunday, and be televised by the NFL Network starting at 5 p.m. PT.

The Seahawks have played in the Hall of Fame game twice – beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-0 in 1984 and losing to the Minnesota Vikings 28-26 in 1997. The 1984 game coincided with then-Seahawks president and general manager Mike McCormack being inducted into the Hall. McCormack had been a six-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns during his playing career.


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On this date

A look at the memorable – and not-so-memorable – moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Jan. 3:

1976: Jack Patera, who had been the defensive line coach for the Vikings, is named the first head coach in franchise history.

1983: Mike McCormack is named president/general manager. The Hall of Fame offensive lineman for the Browns had been the Seahawks’ director of football operations since March of 1982, and also stepped in as interim coach during that strike-shortened season after Jack Patera was fired.

1988: Tony Zendejas kicks a 42-yard field goal eight minutes into overtime to give the Oilers a 23-20 victory over the Seahawks in a wild-card playoff game at the Astrodome. Steve Largent catches a 12-yard TD pass from Dave Krieg with 26 seconds left in regulation to tie the score. Largent has seven catches for 132 yards and two TDs. The drive to Zendejas’ game-winner includes a tip of a Warren Moon pass by Jeff Bryant that players in the game still say was intercepted, but the officials do not agree.

2009: The Titans’ Chris Johnson runs for 132 yards to eclipse the 2,000-yard rushing barrier for the season and also scores on a 1-yard run late in the fourth quarter as Tennessee defeats the Seahawks 17-13 in their season finale in Seattle.


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On this date

A look at the memorable moments in Seahawks history that occurred on Nov. 21:

1976: Sherman Smith scores on a pair of 1-yard runs and Steve Largent catches six passes for 101 yards and a TD, but it’s not enough as the expansion Seahawks fall to the Saints 51-27 at the Kingdome.

1982: In their first game after the eight-week NFL players’ strike, and with Mike McCormack taking over as interim coach for Jack Patera, Steve Largent catches a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jim Zorn with 49 seconds left in a 17-10 victory over the Broncos in Denver.

1999: Ricky Watters scores three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving, as he compiles 174 combined yards in a 31-19 victory in Kansas City, where the Seahawks had lost their previous games against the Chiefs.

2004: Michael Boulware intercepts a pass and returns it 63 yards for the touchdown with 56 seconds to play in a 24-17 victory over the Dolphins in Seattle. Trent Dilfer also throws a 21-yard TD pass to Jerry Rice.

2010: Matt Hasselbeck passes for 366 yards, with Mike Williams catching six passes for 109 yards, and David Hawthorne has 12 tackles and an interception. But the defending Super Bowl champion Saints prevail 34-19 in New Orleans. The game is a prelude to the team’s rematch in a wild-card playoff game in Seattle that season.


Three-and-out

In nine seasons as coach of the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, Tom Flores won a pair of Super Bowls and had six winning records. In three seasons with the Seahawks, he never even broke even.

From 1992-94, when Flores was the third full-season coach in franchise history, the Seahawks went 2-14 and 6-10 twice. We’ve examined 1992 and 1993 in our ongoing series of stories featuring the franchise’s first 35 seasons.

But then compiling winning records with the Seahawks has been a three-plus coach accomplishment.

Mike Holmgren (seven), Chuck Knox (six), Jack Patera (two) and Mike McCormack (interim coach for seven games in 1982) have posted winning records with the Seahawks.

Here’s a look at the franchise’s coaches – with seasons; seasons with a winning record; best record:

Jack Patera (1976-82): six-plus seasons; two winning seasons; 9-7 in 1978 and 1979

Mike McCormack (1982): seven games; one winning season; 4-3 after replacing Patera

Chuck Knox (1983-91): nine seasons; six winning seasons; 12-4 in 1984

Tom Flores (1992-94): three seasons; no winning seasons; 6-10 in 1993 and 1994

Dennis Erickson (1995-98): four seasons; no winning seasons; 8-8 in 1995, 1997, 1998

Mike Holmgren (1999-2008): 10 seasons; seven winning seasons; 13-3 in 2005

Jim Mora (2009): one season; no winning seasons; 5-11 in 2009

Pete Carroll (2010-present): one season; no winning seasons; 7-9 in 2010


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